Roy Chiu Became an Actor for His Father
On the morning of November 14, Taiwanese actor Roy Chiu (邱澤) delivered a sad message to his fans on Facebook. It was a very simple update, with only eight Chinese characters.
“My father passed away. Will temporarily halt updates.” He then added in a hashtag, “Do not click like.”
35-year-old Roy Chiu debuted 15 years ago, when he was only 20 years old. Growing up in a single parent household, Roy learned how to be independent at a young age. He idolized his father, who was a taxi cab driver working 15 to 16 hours a day. Though he looks up to him, father and son often clashed due to their strong personalities—both of them were very stubborn and persistent.
When Roy entered college, his father suffered a heart attack and had to get a stent inserted into his arteries. The surgery cost at least 100,000 yuan. At only 20 years old, Roy searched everywhere to raise money for his father, before finally landing a modeling job in the entertainment industry, and started his acting career.
Many fans left their condolences for Roy and his family on Facebook. They urged fans to not like the status, but react to it instead.
“I offer my condolences,” said one netizen. “I ask those who liked the status to please unlike it.”
“I remember you once said that your reason of joining the entertainment industry was because of your father’s medical bills,” said another fan. “Your filial piety touches me, and it has engraved my mind. I’m sorry about your father’s passing. I hope you take care of yourself, and your mother. Condolences.”
One fan saw that several netizens reacted with laughter, and commented, “Can those of you who reacted with a [laughter] take them back?! Please understand where he’s coming from before you give your reaction. If the same thing happened to you, and others reacted with [laughter], how would you feel?”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.